The Department for International Development estimates there are 38 million internally displaced people who have been forced to leave their homes globally. I therefore strongly believe we are right to stick to our commitments on aid. Spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas development assistance helps deliver a more secure and prosperous UK, while having a life-saving impact on the ground.
Indeed, UK aid helps stop deadly diseases, like plague, Ebola and Zika, spreading and coming to our shores. Work to prevent conflict, disasters and diseases make us more secure, and helps reduce pressure on our NHS and our armed forces, by helping to mitigate the crises of the future. However, we also have a moral responsibility to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. The British people are incredibly generous and at its best the global aid system does fantastic lifesaving work, supporting Syrian refugees, giving life-saving aid to stop people dying of hunger in East Africa, and vaccinating children against preventable diseases.
I am hugely encouraged that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that the UK, alongside partners, is committed to the UN process to develop both a Global Compact on Migration and a Global Compact on Refugees and to work towards their successful delivery.
Furthermore, I can assure you that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office works diplomatically to seek the end to conflicts in war zones and to achieve credible political settlements in war torn countries to facilitate the return of internally displaced people safely.